On cold winter days, I often daydream about moving somewhere with better weather year-round.
So why not go big and imagine living on Maui in a house like this, which was built on one of the island’s first sugar plantations?
The listing says, “The original home was built in 1858 as the plantation manager’s residence for one of Maui’s first sugar plantations. The main residence is believed to have been built in 1924 along with a guest house, and then over the years was remodeled and expanded repeatedly.”
“In 1992, the Simon family purchased the property and completed a substantial renovation to the home enhancing this historical residence. From its regal beginnings and its first missionary owner, to its more recent incarnations, the walls of the house whisper Maui’s diverse and rich history.”
A reader named Mary told me about this property and explains that Haiku is a slightly rainy part of Maui, which is probably why the sunroom is enclosed — no annoying insects to bug you when you’re sitting out here!
Mark Twain visited Maui in 1866 for his travelogue series “Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It in the Sandwich Islands.”
About his time there he wrote, “I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully.” (You can read about his connection to Hawaii here.)
There’s a guest cottage, a tennis court, and a pool on the property, too.
The listing says, “A tropical retreat that is second to none. Expansive Pacific ocean views and impeccable grounds offering a peaceful secluded haven all year round. Pure original Hawaiiana architecture throughout with attention to detail completes this magnificent estate. Being offered furnished.”
Listing held by agent Nancy Callahan.
For photos and information, check the listing.
I was blown away by the gorgeousness of the house…..and then I saw the pool….WOWWWWW!!!!!!! Its like having your own resort! Incredible! Sign me up!:)
While it’s not necessarily my decorating style (little to fru fru for me) it definitely looks islandish and I would love to stay there!
My ONE nit pick is in the 3rd picture… I wish the bookcase trim went all the way to the ceiling so there wasn’t that dark shadow at the top of them…
I couldn’t imagine having to dust those crevices, but I wouldn’t. My staff would as I lounged by the pool. LOL It is really magnificent, but I gotta say, the guest house is intriguing and may be more my style.
I want it! So beautiful! I love the blue-stained porch!
The porch was one of my favorite things, too!
Ranell Morris says
Gorgeous home and of course location, location, location! Now all I have to do is come up with 11 million! Love your website Julia, or should I call you Calgon? You can always take me away with these vacation tours! Love them!
Thanks, Ranell! I figure we could all use a glimpse of Hawaii in February. I’m so tired of the cold by this time of year. Wish I could be by that pool right now! 🙂
Melissa L. says
A beautiful house, as long as one doesn’t think too much about the history of sugar in Hawaii. It’s interesting that they keep bringing it up as a selling point. The “whispers of a rich and diverse history” of slave labor would not be a selling point for me.
James Michener’s book “Hawaii” is a gripping tale of how Hawaii came to be. Unforgettable, really. They were so isolated, then …
Beautiful home. It gives out good vibes.
I’ve heard about that book but never read it. Sounds interesting — I love learning about things like that!
I have been looking for something new to read so thanks!
Too grand and formal for my taste (good thing – I don’t have $11 million), but I do love the front porch, the pool, and the sun room.
Absolutely gorgeous home! It has a beautiful mix of regal and bright. And all those couches!
Alie B says
What an old beauty this is! I love the foyer and staircase, the sunroom, the pool, the porch….and the list goes on. Gorgeous!
You had me at no snow! What a beautiful home.
As I sit here in Vermont facing the coldest temps of the season (-4 this morning), your Hawaii post made me so nostalgic for the year we lived on Oahu. There is so little to complain about when your weather is perfect every single day and lush foliage is everywhere. Not to mention a view of the ocean from nearly everywhere.
Sounds good to me right now, too. Ahhh….
Absolutely stunning! Makes me miss Hawaii! When will winter end!